We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Welsh vs Northern
1st innings average score: 139
2nd innings average score: 125
Type: Can be slow at times. Bigger square boundaries.
Time: August 26, 11.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs for Welsh & Northern
Probable XI for Welsh: Joe Clarke (wk), Jacob Bethell, Josh Cobb (c), Ben Duckett, David Miller, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Dwaine Pretorius, David Payne, Ish Sodhi, Jake Ball
Playing XI for Northern: Faf du Plessis (c), Adam Lyth, David Willey, Adam Hose, Harry Brook, John Simpson (wk), David Wiese, Dwayne Bravo, Adil Rashid, Ben Raine, Craig Miles
Smart Fantasy Picks
After a scratchy start to the tournament, Adam Hose has turned out to be a surprise package with scores of 30, 53*, and 59. His strike rate of 219 against Manchester helped several fantasy players garner bonus points.
Adil Rashid hasn’t run amok this season but has managed a wicket in all the six games that he has been a part of. To his credit, he hasn’t been taken to the cleaners either.
David Willey too hasn’t made any significant impact in the fantasy leagues as yet. However, he has taken 4 wickets in as many games and has added 53 runs with the bat.
While David Miller has managed only 65 runs in 5 innings, fantasy players will be keen for a grand finish from him in the last game of the season.
Considering Welsh’s winless run, Dwaine Pretorius has done a decent job with both bat and ball. In 4 games, he has picked as many wickets and collected 71 runs. His best of 2 for 30 came when his side bowled first against Manchester.
Welsh’s poor run largely stems from the fact that their premier batters Joe Clarke and Josh Cobb have struggled to provide a strong foundation at the top. Together, they have added only 101 runs in 6 innings.
Barring a half-century against London, Faf du Plessis has been dismissed for a single-digit score on four occasions. On the field too, he has taken only one catch this season.
Fantasy Power Picks
Despite Northern’s erratic showing, Adam Lyth has been consistent with the bat, owing to which he is the third-highest run-getter (232 at 39), including three fifties. He has also hit the most sixes (17) for the tournament.
Although Northern haven’t been consistent as a unit, Dwayne Bravo has been regularly amongst the wickets. In 6 games, he has bagged 8 wickets, including the best figures of 2 for 29.
In his very first game of the season, Ish Sodhi left a mark by picking the important wickets of Ben McDermott and Adam Rossington. He hasn’t gone wicketless in his last 10 white-ball games.
Fantasy Tip Of The Day
Both teams have been struggling across departments. Rather than experimenting much, scan through the scorecards of the respective sides for a clear perspective. Too much reliance on reputation may backfire.